3 Filipinas nabbed in Thailand for soliciting funds for a ‘bogus’ children’s foundation
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Thursday, January 17th, 2019
BANGKOK, Thailand – Three Filipinas were arrested by Thai authorities on Wednesday (January 16) for soliciting funds from tourists for an alleged children’s charity.
The three Filipinas, identified as Belinda Austria Toledo (55); Jessica Bayutas Ortega (50); and Ruthie Espina Babila (38) were arrested at a restaurant in Phettrakul, Bang Lamung District.
They claimed to represent a charity group named Children’s Joy Foundation.
Authorities recovered from the trio two boxes of donation leaflets, 10 booklets of donors’ names, a guitar, and ฿5,690 baht (P9,300) cash among other items.
Police report revealed that one of the three women would draw the attention of tourists by playing the guitar while the other two would talk to potential donors to ask money for the purported children’s foundation.
The trio confessed that they have been doing such activity for almost a year now, not only in Pattaya but in different areas across Thailand.
The Bangkok Post cited Police Colonel Apichai Krobphet, chief of Pattaya city police, as saying that the three entered Thailand on a tourist visa and they did not have permit to conduct such fund-raising activities.
Thai police also found out that the foundation the trio allegedly represent does not exist or does not have an office in the country.
Meanwhile, similar activities were also reported in other countries like Hawaii, Chicago in the US, Canada, Japan and as far as Brazil, of individuals allegedly representing the same Children’s Joy Foundation.
A website www.childrensjoyfoundation.org leads the foundation’s main office to KJC Compound, Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway Catitipan, Davao City, a property owned by Filipino religious leader Apollo Quiboloy.
Quiboloy is also introduced as the founder of Children’s Joy Foundation.
The UNTV News and Rescue Team tried to reach the group of Quiboloy for comments on the arrest of the three women in Thailand.
However, according the group’s lawyer Atty. Isaraelito Torreon, they had not received the details of the arrest but vowed to issue an official statement as soon as they have assessed the situation.
Meanwhile, Consul General Val Roque of the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok assured in a statement that the trio will be provided with consular assistance in line with the case.
‘“Philippine Consular Officers visit or contact these kababayans to offer consular assistance, consistent with international practice,” Roque said.
The Philippine Embassy calls on Filipinos in Thailand to refrain from doing such illegal practices that violate Thai law and damage the image of Filipinos in Thailand. — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Charizze Joy Longboen)
by admin | Posted on Saturday, February 17th, 2018
Apollo Quiboloy’s spokesperson Atty. Israelito Torreon denied the alleged detention of the religious leader.
MANILA, Philippines — The camp of staunch Duterte supporter Apollo Quiboloy has broken its silence on reports of the alleged detention of the Davao-City based religious leader in Hawaii on Thursday.
His lawyer Atty. Israelito Torreon denied the report.
Torreon insisted that his client was not charged and in fact, was able to immediately return to the Philippines.
“First and foremost I just want to clarify that Pastor Apollo Quiboloy was not charged nor was he detained, nor was he deported. It was a simple case of clarification and he was able to clarify everything that is why he is now in the country,” said the spokesperson.
Torreon noted that there was a close interval between the alleged detention of Quiboloy and his flight back to the Philippines.
The lawyer of the religious leader explained that there is a long legal process especially when an individual was arrested abroad.
Torreon, however, refused to provide further details on the confiscation of a huge amount of cash and firearms parts inside the private jet of Quiboloy.
He said their American counterparts will be the one to handle the matter.
“Our official comment is that all of these things allegedly happened in US soil, so it is useless on my part to comment on this because I have no personal knowledge, I am based in Davao City. It is useless for me to speak on anything that I have no personal knowledge of,” said Torreon.
He confirmed that US citizen Felicia Salinas is a member of the church organization of Quiboloy.
When asked why American authorities prevented Quiboloy’s private plane from leaving US soil, which prompted the religious leader to take a commercial flight, Atty. Torreon claimed it was just a speculation.
“We cannot say for certain. What if Pastor Quiboloy just decided, ‘I will go on a commercial plane because this matter is troubling me, then I will go on a commercial’ everything is possible,” said the spokesperson.
The Hawaii News Now.com reported on Thursday that federal agents prevented the private plane of the religious leader from taking off after discovering $350,000 cash and parts of firearms inside his jet. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue
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